Event Type: Concert: Blackburn-Lang Duo
Event Date: Sunday, 5-12-13 at 3 P.M.
Location: Mount Vernon Music Hall
402 Leftwich St. at Yates
Mount Vernon, Texas 75457
Contact: Mark Miller at 903-563-3780 or
Mount Vernon Music closes out it’s seventh concert season with a Musical Mother’s Day on May 12 at 3 P.M. in Mount Vernon Music Hall with the superb music of flutist Helen Blackburn and percussionist Drew Lang. Known for their amazing technical skill and deep musical understanding, this flute/marimba duo will reward their audience with an entertaining and engaging musical treat. Mothers in the audience will be given complimentary roses to take home.
Tickets are $10 for MVM members, $15 for non-members, and $5 for college students with valid ID. Children’s admission through high school is free (8th grade and younger must be accompanied by an adult ticketholder). Memberships in MVM start at $25 and are good for the entire season from June 1 through May 31. For more information call Mount Vernon Music at 903-563-3780, or visit www.mountvernonmusic.org.
Mount Vernon Music is a 501(c)(3) organization formed in 2006 to further the performance of classical and other fine music in rural East Texas. For more information on the mission and concert schedule of Mount Vernon Music, and about historic Mount Vernon Music Hall, please visit www.mountvernonmusic.org.
Helen Blackburn is the newly appointed Yvonne Franklin Artist Teacher of Flute at West Texas A&M University in Canyon, TX. Ms. Blackburn is also principal flutist with the Dallas Opera Orchestra and a core member of the nationally acclaimed modern chamber music ensemble Voices of Change. In 2012, she was invited to serve as principal flute with the Dallas Chamber Symphony for their inaugural season. Ms. Blackburn has numerous credits with major performing arts organizations, both as a featured soloist and as a member, including the Breckenridge Music Festival (where she is currently principal flute), Aspen Music Festival, the South Bohemia Music Festival, the Dallas Chamber Orchestra, the Brevard Music Center, and the Chicago Civic Orchestra. She appears frequently in recital across the country and in Europe as a soloist and also with her husband, Drew Lang, in their flute/marimba duo. A prizewinner of the Myrna W. Brown Artist Competition, the Ft. Collins Young Artist Competition, and the Aspen Wind Concerto Competition, Ms. Blackburn has previously served on the faculties of Texas Christian University, University of North Texas, Stephen F. Austin State University and McMurry University. Ms. Blackburn received her bachelor of music degree (summa cum laude) from West Texas State University, and her master of music degree from Northwestern University.
Percussionist Drew Lang performs regularly with the Dallas Opera Orchestra, Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra and many regional orchestras in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex. He is the principal mallet player with the Dallas Wind Symphony and percussionist for Casa Mañana Musicals. As a theater percussionist, he has performed at the ATT Performing Arts Center (Anything Goes Broadway tour) and the Dallas Theater Center (Cabaret and the upcoming premier performance of Fly this summer). Mr. Lang was principal percussionist for nine years at the Breckenridge Music Festival in Breckenridge, Colorado. Besides playing drum set in contemporary church services and local jazz clubs, he also plays in the Dallas-based rock band Scarlet Vermillion (www.scarletvermillion.com), and the R&B band Definitely Maybe (www.definitelymaybe.net)
As a marimba specialist, has commissioned and premiered works for marimba in solo, chamber and concerto settings. An active recitalist and clinician, Drew appears throughout the United States as a soloist or in his duo with flutist Helen Blackburn. He has premiered Concerto for Marimba and Orchestra/Band and Namaste: Concerto for Marimba and Percussion Ensemble by G. Bradley Bodine. Recording credits include David Maslanka’s Concerto for Marimba and Band with the University of Arizona Wind Ensemble, G. and Dan McCarthy’s Concerto for Marimba, Percussion Ensemble and Synthesizers and Bodine’s Namaste: Concerto for Marimba and Percussion Ensemble with the Meadows Percussion Ensemble. He has also recorded Astor Piazzola’s Histoire du Tango with flutist Helen Blackburn on the Breckenridge Music Festival label. He performed Eric Ewazen’s Concerto for Marimba and String Orchestra with the Breckenridge Music Festival in August of 2010.
Drew is on the percussion faculty at Southern Methodist University and Eastfield College, and is director of the Marimba Madness summer junior high and high school percussion camp (www.marimbamadness.com). He has also served on the guest artist faculty at the Stephen F. Austin Percussion Symposium in Nacogdoches, Texas.